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Ever since I wrote the article, 7 Travel Tips for Singers, Songwriters, & Bands, I’ve responded to an influx of questions about the Travel Hacking Cartel For the professional musician (or anyone) looking to save on travel expenses, I believe that this service is a really helpful.
Regardless, it isn’t for everybody.
Please note that I am keeping track of what I am getting out of the Travel Hacking Cartel each month. If anything changes in my experience with this service, I will be the first to let you know right here. So be sure to bookmark this page.
In my home, there is a sign on a closet door that reads, “Any idiot can pay full price.” This sign has served as an important reminder for me to get into the habit of practicing frugality. Traveling is one of my biggest expenses, so I have set out on a quest to save as much money as possible from it.
Here are the pros and cons of joining the Travel Hacking Cartel.
- 14-Day Trial: This is more than enough time to search through the available travel deals and see if this service for you.
- Travel Deals Alerts: You get immediate email alerts about travel deals the moment they become available. The deals are for obtaining frequent flier miles, hotel points, and rental cars.
- Increasing Your Frequent Flyer Miles is Easy: The more friends you refer to sign up for the Travel Hacking Cartel, the more miles you get. In fact, you get 500 miles for every person that signs up.
- Educational Resources: There are free tutorials on money-saving strategies for a variety of subjects, such as earning flight upgrades and rental cars.
- Chris Guillebeau: The founder of the Cartel is Chris Guillebeau, author of Frequent Flyer Master (affiliate link) and the bestselling book, The Art of Non-Conformity. Any project Chris begins is full of love, community, transparency, honesty and integrity.
- You get what you want to out of it: If you’re not going to use it, it’s not worth it. You have to put a minimum of a 30 minutes a week into looking at travel deals. Also, the not every deal is relevant to you. For example, I don’t use credit cards, so I have no use for the credit card offers.
- Referring is crucial to gaining miles: If you don’t share links and refer friends, you won’t gain as many miles.
- You have to travel often: If you travel only once or twice a year, joining probably isn’t worth it.
- You need to have an overall strategy: Like many things in life, joining won’t be that effective if you don’t have an overall strategy for saving money on travel. Be sure to create on first, then join if it’s right for you.
As a person who travels regularly, the Travel Hacking Cartel has saved me a lot of time and money. To be totally honest with you, I was skeptical at first. After being a member for months now, I am no longer skeptical, just enjoying seeing my frequent flyer miles increase, while getting free hotel stays, and discounted car rentals.
Learn more about the Travel Hacking Cartel.
Please feel free to contact me with any specific questions you might have.
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